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Title: Diplomats and Ambassadors: Librarians as Hosts and Faciliators on Campus and Beyond
Physical Description: Conference Papers
Creator: Auten, Anna
Auten, Beth
Butson, Linda C.
Jesano, Rae
Norton, Hannah F.
Tennant, Michele R.
Conference: Medical Library Association Annual Meeting 2013
Abstract: Objectives: Reference and liaison librarians at our library are filling new roles: planning exhibits and event series, organizing focus groups to gather user input on changes to library space and services, and partnering on initiatives with other departments on campus. These efforts are changing perceptions of our role on campus and beyond, positively impacting our relationship with our primary user base. Methods: Established relationships with library users and departments have been developed through a long-standing liaison librarian program, and are essential in developing partnerships and collaborations. Liaisons integrated into coursework have brought students and faculty into the library through student posters presentations, while librarians on academic unit committees and library administration have made meeting rooms and other space available for users. The library has become more client-focused, taking a more active role in outreach to academic and clinical units and involving library users in the decision-making process. There has been increased emphasis on seeking grant funding and leading interdisciplinary grant teams, as well as harnessing national resources, such as National Library of Medicine exhibits. Through word of mouth, people throughout campus learned what we have done and have contacted us for similar collaborations. A stratified and formalized marketing plan was created to reach audiences from health center to main campus to community. Results: Opportunities arise through librarian initiative or client invitation. Many times an opportunity is worth trying rather than rejecting immediately because it is unconventional, challenging, or not a traditional library or informatics task. Some examples include hosting student poster sessions, involving clients in space planning focus groups, planning event series based around NLM traveling exhibits, organizing lectures and conferences, coordinating or teaching training sessions beyond the scope of traditional library instruction, and partnering with other libraries and student groups to host recreational activities (including student-run Humans vs. Zombies games.) We have found ourselves in the roles of facilitator and consensus builder, event planner, host, tour guide, matchmaker (between individuals or departments with a shared goal), and translator. Conclusions: Through these efforts, our payoffs have included collaboration on projects, incorporation into and leadership on grants, fundraising, visibility, and changed perceptions among our users. Using these methods, librarians can build productive, collaborative relationships with other units on campus, and can become active participants in the educational and cultural life of their institution.
Acquisition: Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Anna Auten.
Publication Status: Unpublished
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Source Institution: University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location: University of Florida
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System ID: IR00003165:00001

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